There has been a lot of misguidance and misunderstanding about the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Ban

Sep 27, 2023 | 0 comments

UK Single-Use Plastic (SUP) Ban understand there might be some confusion surrounding the UK Single-Use Plastic (SUP) ban, so we at Purple Planet Packaging are here to clarify the situation. There’s no need for alarm, as you can still utilise the recyclable and compostable plastic packaging we’ve always provided.

Key Points to Note:

  • The ban is not all-encompassing; it targets specific SUP items only.
  • Plastic straws and cutlery, including single-use bioplastics versions, are primarily affected.
  • The majority of plastic items used in food packaging, especially for Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) and Grab ‘n Go services, are exempt if pre-filled and pre-packaged.
  • Ensure your business transitions smoothly by depleting your current stock of plastic cutlery and straws before 1st October and considering eco-friendly alternatives like wood cutlery and paper straws.

Detailed Overview:

  1. From October 2023, a ban on SUP cutlery, plates, straws, and stirrers will be enforced in England & Wales. Scotland and Northern Ireland initiated this ban in 2022.
  2. Catering establishments may offer plastic straws on request for specific needs but cannot display them openly.
  3. Healthcare and certain catering sectors have specific allowances for providing plastic straws.
  4. Wales will implement a ban on all polystyrene lids for cups and takeaway containers from 1st October 2024.
  5. In Northern Ireland, paper cups containing plastic must display the turtle logo from the same date.

Penalty Information:

Violators of these regulations, such as those displaying or offering banned plastic items, may face penalties, including fines up to 10% of the annual turnover.

Appealing a Fine:

Recipients of fines can appeal within 28 days if they believe there are grounds for contestation. Demonstrating diligent efforts to comply with regulations will be considered a valid defence.

Assistance and Support:

For queries about the impact of the new regulations on your business, reach out to

Technical Insight for Manufacturers:

The ban specifically encompasses products made from expanded and extruded polystyrene. This includes items created through foaming processes, as detailed in the outlined manufacturing methods for EPS and XPS products.

What This Means for Our Customers:

Businesses across the UK must adapt to these changes by 1st October 2023. We recommend transitioning to alternative products in place of banned plastic items to avoid any disruption.

For an exhaustive overview, refer to the UK Government’s detailed guide on the SUP ban.

Our Commitment:

Purple Planet Packaging remains dedicated to providing sustainable packaging solutions that adhere to the latest regulations. Together, we can navigate these changes seamlessly and continue our journey towards a greener planet.